Immigration

We Love You, Arizona

April 30, 2010
(cross posted at Fox & Hounds Daily)

 

When you get beyond the anger and the calls for boycotts and the real possibility of major civil rights violations, the new Arizona law on immigration really is a good thing.

It gives so many different people what they want. Republicans can use the law to appeal to their anti-immigrant base. Democrats can use the law to appeal to try to drum up Latino turnout at the polls.


Legalization Must Be Part of Immigration Reform

  • By
  • Tomas Jimenez,
  • New America Foundation
April 29, 2010 |

Opponents of comprehensive immigration reform argue that legalization rewards bad behavior. They contend that illegal immigration is a crime that merits punishment and expulsion, not amnesty. The logic is that if we respond with tough enforcement, illegal immigrants will finally get that they aren't welcome here and go back to their home countries. This kind of reasoning is what's behind laws like the one recently passed in Arizona, which requires law enforcement personnel to determine whenever possible the immigration status of suspected illegal immigrants.

Look, it's an Illegal, Right?

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
April 26, 2010 |

If Arizona's Republican legislators weren't so dumb, they'd be dangerous. Or maybe they're dangerous because they're dumb.

Either way, once they stop celebrating the passage of what should be dubbed the "We really, really, really don't like illegal aliens" bill , they're going to have to figure out how law enforcement is supposed to identify the culprits.

Reich Is Wrong: Immigration Won't Solve Entitlement Mess

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
April 13, 2010 |

The proposition that more immigration can forestall or eliminate projected shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare funding is a perennial favorite on Op-Ed pages. But it's been shot down again and again by scholars who know what they're talking about. Bad policy ideas, though, never stay dead for long, and so it is that Robert Reich is now trying to revive this fallacy.

Moving to New Virginia but Colliding With the Old One

  • By
  • Andrés Martinez,
  • New America Foundation
April 11, 2010 |

It's not easy, given the part of Arlington I live in, but I manage to avoid Lee Highway almost entirely. I get some satisfaction out of my personal boycott. I'd rather be stuck at a few more stoplights, and go a little farther to a different grocery store, than incorporate into my daily routine a thoroughfare named after a man who so "nobly" led the fight to preserve slavery and destroy the United States. Don't even get me started on Jefferson Davis Highway and all its enticing commerce!

We Came From Someplace Else

  • By
  • Tomas Jimenez,
  • New America Foundation
March 11, 2010 |

"Where are you from?" That's the question that Henry Louis Gates asked famous Americans like Morgan Freeman, Stephen Colbert and Eva Longoria in his PBS specials, "Faces of America" and "African American Lives." The shows revealed some surprising twists and turns in the family trees from which American fame blossomed. But more than that, they taught us something about American identity.

The shows demonstrated that American identity is not found in a simple claim. American identity is revealed in our search to find an answer to a question: "Where are you from?"

Can Democrats Get Immigration Reform Right?

  • By
  • Michael Lind,
  • New America Foundation
March 8, 2010 |

President Obama has signaled support for putting immigration reform back on the agenda of Congress between now and the midterm elections in November. Whether Democrats on Capitol Hill want to take on such a contentious issue in the aftermath of the healthcare debate remains to be seen. What is needed is not another rush to produce ill-considered legislation on an artificial deadline, but the emergence of a consensus on the principles of sound immigration reform.

Fewer Mexican Immigrants Dream of Returning

  • By
  • Gregory Rodriguez,
  • New America Foundation
February 22, 2010 |

Mexico's violent drug war may be pushing Mexican immigrants and their families to put down deep roots in the United States more quickly and firmly than ever.

For generations, immigrants have dreamed of going back to Mexico to enjoy the fruits of their U.S. labors. Today, fear of violence is keeping more people focused on their futures north of the border and changing longtime patterns of assimilation and migration.

A Race Of Races

  • By
  • Joel Kotkin,
  • New America Foundation
February 2, 2010 |

When Americans think of our nation's power (or our imminent lack of it) we tend to point to the national debts, GDP or military prowess. Few have focused on what may well be the country's most historically significant and powerful weapon: its emergence as the modern world's first multiracial superpower.

Dobbs Praised for Stand | Politico

November 12, 2009
... a serious news network was never a fitting venue for his nativist, anti-immigrant pep rallies,” wrote Andres Martinez of the New America Foundation. ...
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